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Discussion in 'Traditional Hot Rods' started by reekie6, Oct 17, 2019.
Drilled vs. non drilled 32 ford axle. Any performance differences? Thanks
Drilled , better air flow.
Ya...I mean 1 pound less will really get ya down the road. Until you're scratching for .0001...pretty sure it's for looks
Non drilled, much stronger, what is your life worth?
Put black dots on it, nobody will know....
Silver see through paint...naw...would add weight...slow him down. Never mind.
Any time you have to ask the opinions of others because you are undecided the answer is NO. This time no holes.
Depends on the style of car really, just stick some quarters on there where you think you may want a hole then walk away from it for about 30ft, do an about face and if it hits you then do it, if first impression is nope then don't do it.
I suppose it all depends on what look you're going for.........
Them's a lotta holes!!
Mr48Chevy (above) has the right idea..!
Just paint the groove red!
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Wow tough crowd. I have no intention myself to drill an axle. The question was asked on another forum what the best axle for a model A build was. A 4” dropped drilled or non drilled. I replied my favorite was a 32 heavy with no hole. And also said drilled axles flex more then a solid axle. I was then told their is no difference between drilled and non drilled. But the looks and a little lighter. So figured I’d ask this forum what they thought. And wow guys did you forget why you come to these forums?? To get away from the day to day stresses. Not add to them. I’m almost sorry I asked.
Hot rods are about going fast and looking good.
If it looks good, do it!
Holes, but keep then a hole diameter apart and you still have a strong enough axel.
Holes is the only way to go. Screams hot rod.
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You're in the wrong place if you didn't want the truth, no body said anything to cause you stress, you ask a question and the people answered. No harm no foul . BigO
Prefer the no hole myself. Seems like it would compromise the strength of the axle. Just my opinion though.
I am all about the Truth. I have no stress seems the people answering me were stressed though. Calm down let’s have fun.
BigO, is plain spoken and calls them as he see's them, ask a question and the answers will be varied on the hamb ,no one is stressed just matter of fact.
I think it depends on the build, Rocky's coupe is a ideal example of a car that looks just right with a drilled axle, it's a hiboy, it's chopped and it screams HOT ROD, on the other hand my old beater is a full fendered old car and with the front splash apron the axle is not a focal point, so it would be a moot point to drill my axle. HRP
In Texas, we always say "drill."
My standard answer:
If you're not sure which way to go, only drill halfway, then stand back and cover one eye, then.................
^^^^ There's your answer. Read the replies, look at pics and go with your gut. It's really an aesthetic deal. Unless you drill all the holes so close together that it essentially becomes a long "slot" where fracturing could occur between the holes.
Also, don't let the sarcasm here get you. There's a lot of (mostly) good natured joking around here that comes with a plethora of knowledge. Thick skin helps.
No holes, looks shot up to me...
Some guys just like to jag around, growing up in my old neighbor hood (Lawrenceville Pittsburgh) that's all we did, don't take it so serious... Dude there is NO other place on this internet that has the kind of automotive talent that's on this board..
ten people can build the same car .should all be different , right ? I ask why people did what they did always . cause that's what THEY like . or after seeing they thought they liked !!
I vote for holes.
A drilled axle runs cooler.
There ya go. HRP
My drill press and I like DRILLING! LOL Gary
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